One hour later we had arranged for her sister, let's call her Daffodil on the blog, to come visit for the Easter weekend! On Friday I drove the 2.5 hours to go pick her up and she joined the chaos as we hopped from one worship service to another and fit in all the usual Easter fun. It was good to have her here. Daffodil had never dyed easter eggs before and Daisy had only dyed them once in school in 3rd grade! Seriously!? They are 13 and 12 and how did they miss out on so many little things? Oddly we did learn that Daffodil is baptized and communed in the Catholic Church but, as we suspected, Daisy is not. It does make me feel better knowing two of her siblings (Daffodil and her younger brother) are baptized. And of course as soon as the adoption is finalized Daisy will be baptized and start instruction for First Communion and Confession.
The weekend went really well, all the kids got along well together, and even if it wasn't ideal (Daffodil had to sleep on the couch because the house was so full) I feel like at least we gave the girls some good sibling time and got Daffodil out of her group home for the holiday. We found out after we took her that she was the last one left....all the other teens there were with their birth parents or extended family for the holiday! Her birth mom is completely AWOL and has been since the kids entered foster care so they are all in a unique situation with never having had visits with their birth mom while in foster care. Most children have weekly or bi-weekly visits with their birth parents, even when reunification looks unlikely. Sometimes birth parents don't show, but for them to never show is a bit shocking. I have mixed feelings about that, since it does make life easier for Daisy, but it breaks my heart for Daffodil, who misses her birth mother terribly.
Anyway, so back to the Answer Me This questions! I just needed to let you know that Daffodil was here so you understand why I can't post our family pictures. Two foster kids here = very few internet-acceptable photos to share.
1. What did you and your family wear to Mass on Easter Sunday?
Here is where I photo bomb you, so sorry!
Tahlia in her handmade easter dress (Tahlia Tunic Top) and bonnet (Peekaboo Bonnet). The cardigan is from Target I think.
Myself in my handmade easter dress and heels. I was attempting to knock off the Modcloth Day After Day dress and I think I succeeded somewhat :) There was a yellow dress at Shabby Apple that I loved but I realized that the Day After Day dress would be a more flattering style for me and combining the two is how I got the above dress. I used Simplicity's pattern, suggested here. To alter it I made the waistband about 4.5 inches tall finished and cut off that same amount from the top bodice, replacing it with the waistband. the waistband also includes white piping.
I loved Tahlia's dress and bonnet combo, she's so cute! Please ignore my ugly legs....somehow I've recently gained weight while also losing muscle mass in my legs. Definitely time to get back to running, asap!
The boys hunting easter eggs in their sunday clothes! They had ties that matched Tahlia and my dress but you can't see those here. Sorry, once Daisy is adopted I'll post all those lovely whole-family pictures!
Speaking of Daisy, here's a glimpse of her dress without breaking the foster care rules that negate me posting pictures with her face :) Trust me, she looked lovely and sweet.
2. Easter Bunny....thumbs up or down?
Thumbs down. It just seems lame and random and made up. Easter is busy enough for us, I have no time to add silly easter bunny traditions, whatever those might be. We do easter baskets but of course the kids know it's from us and that we are mean parents who hide their baskets and make them look for them, haha!
3. Do you prefer to celebrate holidays at your own house or at someone else's house?
My own typically. Fortunately that's our only option since holidays are work days for pastors. We will never be able to travel for a holiday as long as my husband is a pastor so everyone just comes to us. It does mean I have to be okay with hosting holidays but I can totally live with that.
4. What is your favorite kind of candy?
I'm not a big candy person but when I do indulge I usually indulge in Nerds....
5. Do you like video games?
Yes, I can kick butt in old school Mario Bros! Alas, we don't have many here. I do not like a lot of the current games because the 3-D stuff makes me dizzy. Yes, that likely makes me old. I'm sure I'll dust off my gaming skills when my kids are old enough to play video games :)
6. Do you speak another language?
Not really. I speak your basic high-school-level Spanish where I have lots of vocabulary and random phrases but would sound like an idiot if I attempted to string a complete sentence together. I also know several words in Japanese thanks to all those subtitled anime shows from high school :)